Amid a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases and with a projection of more than 32,000 infections in Tripura in the possible third wave, the state government has decided to impose a night curfew from 9 to 5 in the morning .
According to a decision following a series of meetings chaired by Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb and Chief Secretary Kumar Alok, the curfew would take effect between 9pm and 5am. January 10 to January 20, said Information and Sushanta Chowdhury, Minister of Cultural Affairs (ICA).
At a press conference at the Civil Secretariat this Sunday evening, ICA cabinet spokesman and minister Chowdhury also reported that appropriate preparations are being made to deal with the third wave of COVID-19 , if the current increase in cases is considered the third wave of the pandemic.
He said a total of 689 positive cases were reported as of Saturday with the state’s overall positivity rate at five percent. Most cases are being reported in the Agartala Municipal Corporation area with a test positivity rate of 16.95 per cent, the minister added.
According to Chowdhury, health experts have already sounded the alarm given the current statewide situation and an initial projection of 32,000 cases has been set.
“Health experts and scientists have predicted that in the third wave, Tripura is expected to have more than 32,000 cases in total and a five percent positivity rate that represents 1,617 cases per day that would be serious in nature.” he told the media.
“Tripura is ready to deal with the third wave of COVID-19 with the availability of adequate statewide health infrastructure. Given the increase in COVID cases across the state, Saturday and Sunday were held two crucial meetings under the chairmanship of the chief, Secretary Kumar Alok with officials from various departments and Prime Minister Biplab Kumar Deb with the Council of Ministers, respectively, “he added.
The minister also said that a total of 3,880 children could be affected in the third wave and among them, 194 can develop severe symptoms. “Seriously, 216 beds with ICU facilities are available in Agartala, while 50 beds in each district are for children,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chowdhury also spoke in detail about the state’s COVID-19-related infrastructure.
“All districts have been ordered to open COVID-19 call centers and repair cells. In the state, there are 2,562 total beds for patients with COVID-19 and 700 beds are reserved for “Of these 700 beds, 330 beds are installed in various facilities in the West Tripura district,” he said.
“If there is a requirement, the number of beds can be increased and there is a facility for this. Currently, 22 oxygen plants are functional. There is a sufficient stock of medicines. There is a sufficient stock of concentrators of “Oxygen, oxygen cylinders, etc. Oximeters of dust and fans. Between 500 and 700 doctors, nurses, MPW, sweepers, etc. will be hired, contractually and urgently,” he added.
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